Could Georgia have 10 Players Drafted in this Month’s NFL Draft?
Update on Georgia’s NFL Draft Prospects:
Jarvis Jones: Jarvis Jones would have been a top 5 draft pick in January. February would have seen him in the top 10. As March turned into April, however, he seems bound for the 15-20 range. What has he done to slide? Well, he hasn’t really done anything. Health concerns have been addressed, but he didn’t compete at the NFL’s Combine and was generally unimpressive (for a first round pick) at Georgia’s Pro Day. Scouts will praise his ability to use leverage and his non-stop motor, but while other players have done a lot to jump up boards Jones has not. Unfortunately for Jones, the Draft is all about momentum, and right now he doesn’t have a lot.
Here’s where a few experts project Jones in the draft:
- Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN): 15th to the Saints
- Todd McShay (ESPN): 17th to the Steelers
- Bucky Brooks (NFL.com): 15th to the Saints
- Akbar Gbajabiamila (NFL.com): 25th to the Vikings
- Gil Brandt (NFL.com): 17th to the Steelers
- Charley Casserly (NFL.com): 9th to the Jets
Alec Ogletree: Ogletree has managed to reverse his downward momentum following a DUI arrest with a series of good workouts. Many view his upside to be higher than Jones, but character issues remain at the forefront of every discussion with or about him. Here are his projections:
- Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN): 21st to the Bengals
- Todd McShay (ESPN): 15th to the Saints
- Bucky Brooks (NFL.com): 19th to the Giants
- Akbar Gbajabiamila (NFL.com): 20th to the Bears
- Gil Brandt (NFL.com): 19th to the Giants
- Charley Casserly (NFL.com): 20th to the Bears
John Jenkins: Kwame Geathers’ decision to go pro early might have been the best thing that happened for John Jenkins draft stock. He spent Pro Day competing in drills right alongside Kwame and showed that he was bigger and more athletic. That being said, he is not consistently listed in the first round of Mocks. Here are his projections:
- Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN): 57th (second round) to the Texans
- Todd McShay (ESPN): 31st to the 49ers
- Jenkins was not listed in the first round of any of the projections from the four NFL.com analysts listed above.
Using ESPN’s current “Position Rankings” for Georgia prospects and the number of players drafted at each position in 2012 the following players are projected to be drafted as follows:
- Alec Ogletree – 1st rated ILB – Drafted in first round
- Jarvis Jones – 2nd rated OLB – Drafted in first round
- John Jenkins – 5th rated DT – Drafted in second round
- Bacarri Rambo – 8th rated S – Drafted in fourth round
- Tavarres King – 12th rated WR – Drafted in third round
- Shawn Williams – 9th rated S – Drafted in fifth round
- Cornelius Washington – 13th rated DE – Drafted in fourth round
- Kwame Geathers – 14th rated DT – Drafted in fourth round
- Sanders Commings – 18th rated CB – Drafted fifth round
Nine players drafted (all in the first five rounds) is nothing to scoff about, but I think Georgia has a few wild-cards who could slip in:
- Marlon Brown was a late bloomer and his break-out senior year was cut short by injury. A 6-4 receiver from the SEC is a risk some team in a late round might take. I expect him to be drafted.
- Branden Smith put up extremely fast numbers at Georgia’s Pro Day on a day that saw everyone else struggle. He could play right away on special teams, and somebody might take a shot on him in the 7th round.
- Richard Samuel is the darkhorse. Cornelius Washington blew everyone away at the NFL Combine with his size, speed and strength. Samuel has done the same thing at his workouts. He was under-utilized in college due to several position changes and will certainly get invited to a camp even if he doesn’t get drafted.
- DudeYouCrazy Bachelor Correspondent Christian Robinson could sneak in based on two factors: his size (just over 6-2, around 230 lbs) and his four years of steady tackling.
That’s all I got/